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Wednesday, 11 November 1959

Mr McEWEN (MURRAY, VICTORIA) (Minister for Trade) - With regard to the first part of the right honorable gentleman's question, I am in a position to give the information. I had proposed, in order to avoid eating into question time, to give this information towards the end of questions. If that course is acceptable I will do so.

Dr Evatt - That is quite acceptable. Will the right honorable gentleman give the information in the form of a statement?

Mr McEWEN - If that is desired, I will give it in the form of a quite short statement.

Regarding the latter part of the right honorable member's question - his proposal that the Government might establish a tribunal - that suggestion, of course, raises a question of policy which it would not be customary to reply to at question time. However, I make the observation that it would be novel to impose conditions upon people who are not residents, of Australia and are really not under the: control of the Australian Government.

Dr Evatt - Can the right honorable gentleman make a copy of the freight rates available to honorable members?

Mr McEWEN - Yes. I will do that.

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